Republicans Make the Sexytime For a Change
The other thing I want to know is, while the political pendulum is swinging to the left, is it possible that the swinging pendulum is swinging to the right?
Going to Eleven
Did I start a new trend? How popular is this trend? Or am I the only one who does this? I'm talking about watching tv with the computer.
Case in point: last night, I catch part of Face/Off for the umpteenth time. As invariably happens, I discover a detail that had not caught my attention during previous viewings. When the doctor first tells Sean Archer (John Travolta) how easy it will be to rip his face off and stick Castor Troy's (Nicholas Cage) face on him in order to fool Castor's brother Pollux (deliciously creepy as portrayed by Allesandro Nivola), the doctor says that the height difference between Castor and Sean is "negligible." I understand that in real life, Cage is six foot one. Is Travolta really that tall? I decide to hop on the nearby laptop to check it out. I find out that Travolta is six foot two. And five foot ten. And every height in between. You have to love the Internet.
Case in point number two: next, I tune to The Two Coreys . Corey one (Haim) has moved in with Corey two (Feldman). I can't figure out where Corey two and his wife live. It's some green, spacious area that is definitely not Los Angeles or Southern California. I look for a clue. I find one. A flower shop whose sign reads "Thomas Hobbs Florist." I get back on Yahoo! search, and within seconds, I pull up a bunch of hits for Thomas Hobbs Florist. They are all in Vancouver. I sit back, satisfied, waiting for the next fun tv fact to check out online. I'm my own Pop-Up Video.
Next, I check my email and split my attention with other multitasks. That's because The Two Coreys, like most everything else on television, just isn't very good.
The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! *
Yesterday, I picked up the new phone book, and, for the first time in years, opened it up to locate my name and address. That's because, for the first time in a long time, I live in a new place. One that's thousands of miles from my last home, and from the place where I grew up.
Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R.! I'm somebody now!
I've started a new life practically from scratch, with a new career, new friends and new relationships.Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. By coincidence, last night I stumbled across a televised conference on C-SPAN, featuring my first boss in Washington, DC. He is a former federal agency chief. He looked very distinguished with his dark suit and grey hair, but his words, full of legalisms, were a foreign language that I no longer understood. I didn't want to understand them. They were dry, passionless, boring.
I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.
They already have.
*Quotations in italics from Steve Martin as Navin Johnson in The Jerk (1979).